Ahem… As it turns out, I have been caught in a unexpected Chinese counterfeit scheme!
Sasha « Wasabi » after I extensively explained to all the students the not-so-fine-line between hommage and copies, inspiration, research and plagiarization, The importance of CREDIT to keep credible, minutes after I praised about her skills and her eye…. She posted more pictures, each better than the last. And then again. Until finally one of the other students got fed up with my encouragement to her and gave the plot away: Sasha was simply lifting them from http://www.droptokyo.com and http://www.snapsfashion.com. As I was admiring her style and the girl’s unique style, she would reply coolly that she had been « attracted to her by my coffee house » – —
In Tokyo as it turns out.
I am absolutely livid but mostly I realize yet again that not only do we have a massive cultural gap but that…
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